[Humanist] 26.907 open access

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Mar 24 10:32:10 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 907.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:18:44 -0400
        From: Jean-Claude Guédon <jean.claude.guedon at umontreal.ca>
        Subject: Re:  26.903 open access

I would like to respond to point 2 below.

1. It is difficult to assert that academic culture is not conducive to
open access. The examples of universities such as Harvard where faculty
vote in favour of a self-imposed mandate to deposit their publications
points in a different direction.

2. Most journals, indeed, are not in open access, but many toll-gated
journals accept authors depositing their articles in suitable
repositories. The Sherpa/Romeo list (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/) is
useful to see what your targeted journal permits if your article is
accepted in it.

3. For the more difficult cases where the journal is toll-gated and
refuses any public deposit either forever, or for a long period of time,
it is still possible to deposit the article in a suitable black archive.
In such a case, only the metadata is exposed publicly, and a clickable
button allows sending a quick request to the author for the equivalent
of an offprint.

So, there is no need to turn down the opportunity of publishing in a
prestigious, but stingy, journal as there are ways around such

Jean-Claude Guédon

Le samedi 23 mars 2013 à 08:39 +0100, Humanist Discussion Group a
écrit :

>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 903.
>             Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                        www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                 Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>         Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:50:45 +0000
>         From: "James O'Sullivan" <josullivan.c at gmail.com>
>         Subject: Re:  26.899 open access?
>         In-Reply-To: <20130322061922.817272CCB at digitalhumanities.org>
> I fully support initiatives that promote open access, and have myself
> released a number of open source projects (OpenDAHT.org, JDCES.org,
> DigitalPoe.org etc etc etc). And of course I have signed this petition.
> The problem to my mind, however, is that open access and open source are
> fine in theory, but the fact is that many people only throw the terms
> around without actually following up with appropriate actions. People like
> to put themselves forward as being disciples of an open access philosophy,
> but they tend not follow this up. This stems, I think, from a number of
> things:
> 1. Many people who champion open access have not actually had something to
> release as open access. It's all well and good to state that you would make
> your intellectual property open access, but when a scholarly pursuit /
> project / development does come to fruition, many people, unfortunately,
> change their mind on open access when faced with the actual products of
> their labours. Excuse the poor analogy, but it reminds me of Lord of the
> Rings. After the arduous journey, lots of people do eventually conclude:
> "It's mine, why shouldn't I hold onto it?"
> 2. Academic culture is not conducive to open access. I've had papers
> accepted to peer-reviewed journals that are not open access. What do I do?
> I'm a PhD candidate, and if I am to have any sort of a career as a scholar
> going forward, I need to build up some publications in the well-respected
> journals in my field - such publications are the currency of our
> profession. So when I get offered publication, how can I turn it down? A
> few years from now I doubt that any interview panel would look favourably
> upon my lack of representation in these journals. They may well be
> impressed by the fact that I took a stand in the name of open access, but
> they are unlikely to hire me.
> 3. Wider cultural forces also play their part -- commerce particularly.
> Whatever about knowledge creation, development can be an expensive
> business. My research is generously supported by the HEA, and I have a lot
> of institutional support, and therefore, yes, any knowledge that I create,
> indeed my thesis, by right should belong to the public. However, I have a
> number of ongoing scholarly projects that fall outside my core PhD
> research, and thus do not enjoy institutional support of a financial
> nature. I am funding these myself (not ideal when your income is a PhD
> stipend), and while I have managed to keep them all open access thus far,
> it is expensive to do so, almost prohibitively so. Hybrid models have their
> limitations, and for many people, open access simply isn't feasible from an
> economic sense. I may want to give something away for free, but the tools
> and resources required for production need to be free as well, and they
> aren't, not by any means.
> Saying this, if we are to change things then we need to start somewhere, so
> it's great to see new initiatives of this nature. You have my support!

Jean-Claude Guédon
Professeur titulaire
Littérature comparée
Université de Montréal

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